At least 250 persons have died and more than 2000 have been injured when two earthquakes of 6.4 and 6.4 struck near Tabriz and Ahar – the casualty figures are likely to increase.
The quake occurred towards evening when majority of the people were indoors, after breaking fast of the holy month of Ramadan.
The main quakes were followed by more than 55 aftershocks.
This has been reported in bbc.com of dated the 12th of August 2012.
The casualties have been mainly in the towns of Haris and Varzaqan in East Azerbaijan province in north-western Iran.
As per information furnished by Hassan Ghadami, the Deputy Interior Minister of Iran, about 110 villages had been damaged. The State TV confirmed that six villages were totally flattened, while 60 others sustained damages from between 50% to 80%.
It may be recalled that in 2003 an earthquake in the city of Bam left 25,000 people dead.
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